University of Helsinki Faculty of XXX

Private Law in a Multicultural and Multilingual European Society




Conference on Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe

University of Helsinki
August 27th to 29th, 2006

The PriME research project and the Institute of International Economic Law at the University of Helsinki hosted a conference on Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe in August 2006. The conference was intended for all scholars interested in exploring the foundations of European private law, in particular in a socio-legal perspective. The conference was also accepted as one of the yearly conferences of the so called Social Justice Group.


Conference papers

The plenary papers and a selection of the Working Group papers have been published in a volume by Kluwer Law International: Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe.


The project organised a seminar on European law on the first of March 2006. The guest speaker was Prof. Dr. Jan Smits: Common Frame of Reference and Optional Code: really the best way forward in European Contract Law?.


The project organised a seminar on European law on the 27th of January 2006. Guest speakers were Prof. Dr. Hans-W. Micklitz: European Law between Economics and Politics and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Reich: The Future of EU Contract Law (CFR, CCLR, OMC) .

Meeting & Seminar

A meeting of the international Acquis Group was held in Helsinki on the 10th to 12th of March 2005.

The group consists of famous civil and comparative law experts, and the purpose of the group is to examine and systemize existing principles of civil law of the EU.

In connection with this meeting, PriME organised a seminar on the ninth of March (4-7 p.m.), hosted by professor Thomas Wilhelmsson. The seminar was intended for post-graduate students and the invited speakers were members of the Acquis group: Gianmaria Ajani (Torino), Geraint Howells (Lancaster), Hans Schulte-Nölke (Bielefeld), Rainer Schulze (Münster). The topic of the seminar was questions concerning the harmonization of European private law.